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Dear Golfer,

From Phil Stokes, General Manager: I hope you have enjoyed the recent glorious weather and have been able to get out on the golf course. If you are heading out to play, please don’t forget to pick up a pair of gloves in the unlikely event you need to use a bunker rake.

The good news is that the clubhouse will be open again from August 1st and we will have a new menu of light seasonal dishes (see below) as well as drinks from the bar to tempt you to try. We will also be continuing with our BBQ service on selected days.

 

Club operations

The team at Get Golfing have been working hard to transfer the information from Crown Golf in relation to your direct debits/membership fees. There are lots of legalities around this but we are nearly there! Each member will receive a communication early next week about their membership. If you do not receive anything, please do get in touch with us at the Club and we will be on hand to help sort any issues.

We have also been busy reconciling the bar levy and pro shop vouchers into one place. We are pleased to announce that the new ‘Club Cards’ have arrived on site and we are adding all of historic levies to them. Again, these will be ready early next week, so please pop into the club to collect the cards and check on your balance. These can be used for food, beverage and golfing equipment, giving former “Crown Golf” Members 10% off standard prices.

Course update

From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: The golf course was fertilised from tee to green over 10 days in July, which saw it bounce back superbly, giving a dark green definition around the course. 

From Friday, 17th July the height of the cut on the greens was dropped from 3.5mm to 3mm, which will help speed up the putting surfaces. The aim is to take them back to where they have been consistently over the last few weeks i.e. 10.5ft-11ft on the Stimp Meter.  

The bunkers have been sprayed with Glyphosate to kill the weeds on the perimeters and the greenside bunkers on Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 16 have been topped up with sand.  

We have also picked up tee divoting and filling in low spots/ drain lines on the fairways to help provide even and smooth grass coverage across the course.  

We are all very excited and waiting patiently for our new fairway mower to turn up. This will have a huge impact on the course in that we will be able to stripe the fairways again and give a much better cut across them.  

We will also be taking a delivery of a new top dresser. This will enable us to spread sand across the greens evenly and efficiently. 

We are planning to do some work to the green surfaces on August 4th, it will be light work and the greens should be back to normal after a few days.  

Members will also notice that we have installed new course furniture with new flags, cups and tee markers smartening up the course’s appearance.  

Finally, we are on the verge of recruiting a fifth full-time greenkeeper to our team. Again, this will help keep raising the standards all around.

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Membership news

The good news is that we have had an influx of Juniors, Intermediates, Flexible and Par 3 memberships recently and we hope that all Members will make them feel welcome.

We are looking to grow the Junior Members section as the future lifeblood of the club. We are very keen that they learn the etiquette of golf both on the course and in the clubhouse, so they will be put under the watchful eye of Pros. If you know of any young person who might be interested in joining, please pass on details of our new Junior Membership category, which is not only FREE but offers a variety of discounts on food, drink and in pro shop. More details are here.

Competitions news

Relevant Members and staff have had training with regard to running competitions on the new intelligentgolf software and they will soon look to roll out competitions once more.

Pro news

Gary Walsh: Join us in a fun learning environment on the Par 3 course and take the first step towards improving your short game and reducing your scores. These sessions are suitable for all golfers of all abilities.

Session objectives: 

We will explore setup, including weight distribution, ball position, hand position and shaft angle with the aim of discovering how these influence strike and trajectory; 

We will learn the difference between the bounce and leading edge of the golf club and how to utilise both effectively;

We will learn the importance of knowing your landing area and how this can help determine which club you use;

We will explore ways to escape difficult lies including heavy rough and downhill lies;

You will learn how to play high, soft shots, escape tricky situations and play low, chip and run shots;

You will gain a better understanding of your short game and we will give you plenty of drills to take away and implement into your practice routine.

These one-hour sessions will run from 6pm-7pm on Thursday August 13th, 20th and 27th. Spaces will be limited to 8 people per session, so please do sign up early via email at [email protected] to secure a place.

Mark Day: Come and join us to learn how great ball strikers control the low point of their golf swing to secure a solid contact with their drivers and irons. These sessions are suitable for all golfers of all abilities.

The format of this session will be a 20-minute clinic with Mark Day  followed by a 30-minute supervised practice session. A session summary will end the clinic along with some practice plans for you to take away and play with.

Session objectives

We’ll compare and contrast how to stand with a driver (tee shot) and iron (fairway shot) in order to create a ball striker’s low point;

We’ll compare and contrast how the direction of the swing influences the low point;

We’ll talk about swing shape and how it helps with ball striking;

We’ll cover how to practice to improve ball striking skills;

You’ll get to experience better ball striking supervised by our coaching team;

You’ll get take away practice plans that will help you continue to improve beyond the session.

These one hour sessions will be a unique insight into playing better golf and having more fun in practice and in play. Spaces will be limited, so please do sign up early to secure a place via these links:

Adult Groups: https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/memberclinic

Friday, August 7th, 2:00-3:00pm (limited to 8 students)

Wednesday, August 19th, 5:00-6:00pm (limited to 8 students)

Saturday, August 29th, 1:00-2:00pm (limited to 8 students)

Junior Groups: https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/juniorclinic

Tuesday, August 4th, 3:30-4:30pm (limited to 8 students)

Thursday, August 20th, 10:00-11:00am (limited to 8 students)

I’m really looking forward to sharing thoughts with you and if you have any questions please contact Mark on 07958003756

Best wishes from everyone at The Mill Green Golf Club.